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File #: 3121-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/21/2019 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 12/9/2019 Final action: 12/12/2019
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Safety to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, State of Ohio, to participate in the FFY 2020 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Regional Coordinator Grant; to authorize an appropriation of $58,631.56 from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund to the Division of Police to cover the costs associated with this grant; and to declare an emergency. ($58,631.56)
Attachments: 1. DRE 2020 Financial String Ord. 3121-2019, 2. FFY 2020 DRE Grant Award Letter

BACKGROUND: This legislation authorizes an agreement with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO), State of Ohio, for the FFY 2020 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Regional Coordinators Grant, and appropriates funds to cover the costs of the program. A drug recognition expert or drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. In the Spring of 2017, the State of Ohio appointed (5) DRE Regional Coordinators assigned to oversee DRE call-out activities and reporting, and to provide expert witness testimony, DRE training, DRE re-certification classes, and DRE re-certification audits for their assigned regions, as well as attend OTSO DRE meetings and the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving. The State of Ohio recognized the need to minimize the fiscal burden to law enforcement agencies covering costs for a state-appointed DRE Regional Coordinator. So, the 2020 grant is awarded to the City of Columbus Division of Police to cover up to 500 overtime hours and costs associated with the State of Ohio Region 6 DRE Regional Coordinator state-assigned duties. Region 6 covers all DREs in Franklin, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Madison, Delaware, and Morrow counties.

This grant agreement authorizes reimbursement for overtime costs to review and approve all drug evaluations in the assigned region, develop and teach (1) DRE re-certification class, and provide post-arrest DRE support when required. The funding for the agreement is dependent on federal funds from the US Department of Transportation for Federal Fiscal Year 2020, which follows the fiscal calendar year of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. The grant award effective period is October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

EMERGENCY DESIGNATION: Emergency legislation is necessary to make funds available for ...

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